All workshops for the 2013 season are FREE and run from 9:00am to 12:30pm at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House Open Space located at 6029 Isleta Blvd (3 miles south of Rio Bravo).
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2013 Backyard Farming Workshop Series
All workshops for the 2013 season are FREE and run from 9:00am to 12:30pm at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House Open Space located at 6029 Isleta Blvd (3 miles south of Rio Bravo). A collaboration of Bernalillo County and Erda Gardens and Learning Center.
March 9th ~ Edible Landscapes
There are many options for Albuquerque growers to have year round goodies to pick and savor. This workshop will cover garden basics and help you choose the best fruits, veggies and herbs to build a beautiful, edible garden in your own yard. Nissa Patterson of Albuquerque Growing Gardens Team will present on her front-yard garden project and how it has intrigued and impacted her community. Michael Reed of La Orilla Farm will present on Permaculture design and the concept of “food forest.”
March 16th ~ Soil Science & Composting
Any gardener will tell you the most important thing is your soil. Come to this workshop to understand how to determine what type of soil you have and how to build healthy soil with composting. Shawn Hardeman will cover soil science, what soil is made of and what that means to the backyard farmer. John Zarola of Bernalillo Master Composters will explain compost methods and compost building so that participants will be ready to begin at home. Bring your soil and compost questions!
April 13th ~ Backyard Beekeeping
Learn the basics of bee keeping and what you need to know when getting started. We will be comparing both Langstroth and Topbar hives and discussing the advantages and disadvantages of both. Albuquerque beekeepers will be on hand to review the bee keeping calendar, equipment, hive management, things to consider if keeping bees within the city limits and trouble shooting common problems. This class is for beginners and seasoned beekeepers alike!
May 4th ~ Water Wise Gardening
We live in a desert! Find out how to conserve water in your thirsty garden. Hosted by Amanda Bramble of the Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center, a permaculture project based outside of Cerriollos. Participants will learn low-techonology and DIY solutions to address the sustainable use of our most precious resource. Amanda specializes in Sustainable Habitat Site Analysis and will speak to completed projects such as grey water and rainwater harvesting.
May 18th ~ Composting Intensive
Come with your compost conundrums! Our expert, John Zarola from the Bernalillo County Master Composters will be on hand to give you the answers to your toughest compost questions. Participants will leave with information on both “hot” and “cold” composting methods as well as lists of what to add and what to avoid adding too much of in your compost. Leave with all the tools you need to compost effectively.
August 17th ~ Backyard Chickens and Goats
The Workshop series continues after a mid-summer break with this much requested workshop topic. Learn what you need to keep chickens or goats as part of your urban homestead. Participants will leave with knowledge of city regulations, as well as what chickens and goats need in terms of shelter, space, food and best breeds. Ongoing care, common problems and potential products that can be harvested from chickens and goats will also be addressed.
September 7th ~ Food Preservation Methods
This much loved workshop is back again! There are many ways to enjoy the harvest all year round. Find out how to put food up for the winter with methods such as hot bath canning, pressure canning and lacto-fermentation. Participants will learn about methods, appropriate equipment and trouble shooting. We will get hands on and tasting! Bring your favorite recipes to sample and share! Hosted by Kim Pophal and Sofia Rose.
September 21st ~ Seed Saving
This popular workshop is back. Seed saving is both art and science, but anyone can learn the basics on saving common veggie and herb seeds. See how saving garden favorites can ensure a more adaptable crop for the future in this informative workshop. Participants will practice harvesting home grown tomatoe seed as well as other commonly saved seeds. Hosted by Joshua Cravens of Save New Mexico Seeds and Arrid Seed Cache.
October 13th ~ Local Food and Field Day
Growers, vendors, chefs and community organizations all converge on the Gutierrez-Hubbell House property for this special one day event of celebrating all things local and edible! Live music, food tasting and children’s activities are just some of the things planned for this community celebration.
November 9th ~ Conservation Farming Forum
We all want to conserve and enhance our precious resources and wildlife. Learn innovative techniques that can create habitat that invites birds and pollinators on your property while creating a lovely garden for you and your family to enjoy. A panel of speakers including Wes Brittenham of Plants of the Southwest, Amanda Bramble of Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center, Michael Reed of La Orilla Farm, and Miranda Jacobson of Bees Knees and Hummer Hangout will present on creating foodsheds that include and encourage all forms of life on the farm.
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